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UAE’s Yahsat Looking To Acquire Two Replacement Satellites For Thuraya

Yahsat, the leading commercial satellite communications company in the United Arab Emirates, has revealed that it is examining options for procuring two replacement GEO communications satellites for its recently acquired Thuraya mobile satellite communications subsidiary. Senior executives from both Yahsat and Thuraya are hoping to place the order for the …

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Iran’s Never-Ending Space Story? The Same Iranian Satellites Perennially “About” To Be Launched

The head of the Iranian Space Agency (ISA), Morteza Barari, announced in early October 2018 that three Iranian-made satellites – Payam-e Amirkabir-1, Dousti, and Nahid-1 – have been built and are ready to be launched, according to the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA). Morteza Berari made the announcement at a …

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UAE’s KhalifaSat Successfully Launched From Japan’s Tanegashima Space Centre

The UAE’s KhalifaSat high-resolution Earth observation satellite was successfully launched into orbit on board a Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) H-IIA satellite launch vehicle from Japan’s Tanegashima Space Centre at 13:08hrs Japanese time (08:08hrs UAE time) on Monday, 29 October 2018. Approximately two hours after launch KhalifaSat successfully separated from the …

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Israel’s Gilat And Global Eagle Use Telesat’s Phase 1 LEO SATCOM For Inflight Connectivity Demonstration

Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. has announced its key role in the first-ever demonstration of an in-flight aircraft communicating at broadband speeds with a low earth orbit (LEO) satellite system. This industry milestone was achieved using Global Eagle’s “Albatross One” test aircraft with Gilat’s aero modem and Telesat’s Phase 1 LEO …

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Israeli Government Comptroller Says Israel Space Agency Underfunded, Vulnerable To National Security Failings

Israel’s civilian space programme is in crisis due to chronic underfunding and the continuous outsourcing of satellite communications acquisitions to foreign satellite manufacturers, according to the annual report of the Israeli State Comptroller. In the report, released on 22 October 2018, the State Comptroller Joseph Shapira wrote that, as of July …

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UAE’s MBRSC Shortlists 15 Space Startups As Part Of “Innovation Challenge”

WAM/SWGL – The UAE’s Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) has shortlisted 15 space technology startups for its “Innovation Challenge,” as part of its participation in the Gulf Information Technology Exhibition’s (GITEX) Future Stars. One of the largest events for startups and entrepreneurs in the region, GITEX Future Stars is …

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Israel’s Gilat And Brazil’s Hispamar To Launch Satellite Broadband In Brazil

Israel’s Gilat and Brazil’s Hispamar have announced a partnership that will launch satellite-based broadband services throughout Brazil in order to expand Internet access and bridge the Digital Divide. The plan, announced by both companies in an event held in São Paulo as part of the Futurecom fair, will offer a …

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Israel’s SpaceIL Receives $2 Million From ISA; SpaceX Launch Deferred To January 2019

Israel’s Space Agency (ISA) and the Israeli Ministry of Science and Technology announced on 10 October 2018 that they will support the Lunar projects of the SpaceIL organization with up to U.S.$2 million in funding. SpaceIL is an Israeli startup founded in 2010 by engineers Yariv Bash, Kfir Damari, and …

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UAE’s MBRSC Conducts Pre-Launch Tests On KhalifaSat At Japan’s Tanegashima

A team from the UAE’s Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) has successfully completed pre-launch tests in Japan of the Earth observation system KhalifaSat, the first satellite to be entirely built in the UAE by Emirati engineers. KhalifaSat has been successfully installed into its launch vehicle, H-IIA, and it is …

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